The Customs programme supports the development and operation of the central IT systems for customs in the Union, and the essential cooperation between customs authorities across the EU. The programme helps customs administrations to deal with increasing trade flows and emerging trends and technologies, such as e-commerce and blockchain. It provides for better response to security threats and contributes to the financial and economic interests of the European Union and its Member States. For the period 2021-2027, the programme has a budget of €950 million.
To support the Customs Union and customs authorities working together and acting as one
To protect the financial and economic interests of the Union and its Member States,
To ensure security and safety within the Union,
To protect the Union from unfair and illegal trade, while facilitating legitimate business activity.
The Programme supports:
the preparation and uniform implementation of customs legislation and policy;
administrative and IT capacity building, including human competency and training, as well as the development and operation of European electronic systems;
innovation in the area of customs policy.
Who can participate?
The Programme is for the European Union countries but is also open to acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates, European Neighbourhood Policy countries and other third countries, in accordance with the conditions laid down in a specific agreement covering the participation of the third country to any Union programme, provided that the agreement.
The following countries expressed interest to join the Customs programme: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo*, Moldova, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.
Eligible activities under this programme include:
the development and operation of the common components of the European electronic systems for customs (EES)***;
collaborative activities between the administrations and their experts, and between the administrations and the Commission, as well as with other partners – seminars, workshops, project groups, networks, expert teams, study/working visits, etc.;
EU-level human competency building and training activities – eLearning modules, eBooks, nano-learning courses, educational videos, etc.;
studies and communication activities;
innovation activities – proof-of-concepts, pilots, prototyping initiatives and similar activities.
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (2021-2027) aims to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions. In 2021-2027 it will enable investments in a smarter, greener, more connected and more social Europe that is closer to its citizens. LEGAL BASIS Regulation 1301/2013 of 17 December 2013 […]